Bruce’s Bull

THAT the ‘nations’ of the Americas about which Bruce Pascoe carelessly writes in today’s Fairfax numbers were indeed barbarous cannot be denied. It is sad to contemplate the hardships endured by peoples so rudely bested by more advanced civilisations. Death by disease, the abuse of women, the eradication of admirable custom and the ignorant disregard of native genius – all tragedies. But there isn’t one of us whose ancestors somewhere (or even grandparents) did not live through such trials. Old though the New World itself is now growing, the only question that matters today is whether the Christian new, as portended by the ships of Columbus (and Cook), is morally and materially superior to the Edens of unreason it forever altered. Nobody seriously denies the answer to that question is yes. The No case is nothing more than romantic showboating.

What was happening in the European mind when they built ships big enough to cross oceans?

The spread of Christianity, bringing light to the dark places? Or gold? Enough gold to gild a king’s palace or a priest’s church.

After Columbus and his journey to the Americas, Pope Alexander VI provided the answer in his papal bull of 1493, The Doctrine of Discovery, which deemed that Christians could lay claim to the territory of other nations on the grounds that the Indigenes did not know the name Jesus Christ. If they resisted the right of this most reasonable test, they could be justifiably killed.

 
Alexander VI never wrote anything called The Doctrine of Discovery. He promulgated Inter Caetera in 1493 for the purpose of bringing order – and, yes, a missionary zeal – to a process of colonisation and ‘conquest’ that the great powers of the day were steadfastly committed to pursuing, regardless of what any pope decreed. While it’s true the discovery doctrine (subsequently formalised over the next few centuries) did sanction the usurpation of non-Christian “barbarous nations” (and only these nations), the more lurid claim that Pope Alexander breezily authorised the killing of Indigenes in Inter Caetera is a complete fabrication.

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38 Responses to Bruce’s Bull

  1. Bruce in WA says:

    the more lurid claim that Alexander VI breezily authorised the killing of Indigenes in Inter Caetera is a complete fabrication

    Quelle surprise!

  2. Rex Anger says:

    So when do we find out which indigenous nation to which the surname Lysenko belongs, CL?

    And can we get Armadillo to run a book on how long it will be until Bruce Pascoe claims it for his own?

    Dr Bruce Lysenko…

  3. JC says:

    This, this is how you criticize Pascoe and metaphorically blow him up. This!

  4. WX says:

    I would like to see Pascoe’s name prefaced by the word ‘controversial’ (or perhaps ‘controversial author’) in as many future references as practical, please.

    It would be a correct usage, no? Justified?
    Were he writing of you, or The Cat, the same or similar adjectives would be used, yes?

  5. WX says:

    Divisive also comes to mind.

    I’m sure there are other critical words – ones that fall short of uncouth insult or slander – that could also be used effectively and repetitiously.

    Pluck the arrows and return them.

  6. NoFixedAddress says:

    Where did Bruce plagiarise his column from?

    I’m sure I’ve read this same story many times before.

    By 2050 Bruce and his communist mates will have Australia at zero carbon and everyone will be nomads again.

  7. Gorilla Dance Party says:

    The fact that the Vatican has their bulls and encyclicals so easy to access today and yet he is still able to write this without spending five minutes searching for the document and pressing CTRL + F speaks wonders about the quality of his scholarship. He didn’t have to go to a Catholic library or pay for it to be translated from Latin. Nobody bothered to check either.

    I have a book about Columbus by a secular author (not read it yet), that argues Columbus was against everything Pascoe is claiming. Despite how people may have behaved to natives, the church was consistently against it. You could also point to St. Ignatius of Loyola and a legion of others during the age of discovery to see what sort of men they were.

    Pascoe is a lying, pathetic grifter.

  8. candy says:

    The spread of Christianity, bringing light to the dark places? Or gold? Enough gold to gild a king’s palace or a priest’s church .

    It has a touch of the Louise Milligan style of writing. Sort of an exaggerated weird style of a Reader’s Digest, a creepy publication that was.

  9. Nob says:

    Yet another fabrication that will soon become unchallengeable “truth”.

  10. Jannie says:

    White people are all evil. Brown and black people are all nice.

    Repeat ad nauseam, and the science is settled.

  11. Nob says:

    WX
    #3738176, posted on January 26, 2021 at 10:06 pm
    I would like to see Pascoe’s name prefaced by the word ‘controversial’

    Controversial, problematic, divisive, accused of fraud – all these would be launched at him incessantly were he on the “wrong” side.

  12. Nob says:

    Anyway, what happened to the “change the date” crowd?

    What date did they want?

    So far they seem happy enough to celebrate “Invasion Day” on the same day as Australia Day.

    I haven’t argued with them except to say, “… to what?” but have only got abstract answers – no actual date suggestions.

  13. Baa Humbug says:

    If only the Belgians had colonised this continent the black fellas would have been so much better off.

  14. Iain Russell says:

    Old Alex VI, eh?! Another hard shagging Borgia legend. But good on him, man does not live by bread alone….

  15. Mark M says:

    Pretty sure at any moment, they will find an ancient aboriginal city just below the water line …

    Aboriginal Memories of Inundation of the Australian Coast Dating from More than 7000 Years Ago

    Stories are presented from 21 locations from every part of this coastline. In most instances it is plausible to assume that these stories refer to events that occurred more than about 7000 years ago, the approximate time at which the sea level reached its present level around Australia.

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00049182.2015.1077539

    via this link:

    “The idea that you can transmit anything over 400 generations is extraordinary”
    http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160118-the-atlantis-style-myths-of-sunken-lands-that-are-really-true

  16. mundi says:

    Mark, that isn’t unique to aboriginal history, most history is fake and done like that.

    For example the works of Homer, such as the iliad, require an ~800 year period when they were transmitted… verbally.

    Historians are almost always willing to accept anything to get another amazing headline.

    Last australia’s day aboriginals were claiming they had the “real” story of captain cooks first landing and that an explosive was used against the aboriginals. Serious historians take this seriously… and give it equal weight to actual 4 different journals written by british on the actual day of the events.

    History has always been about the story and not the truth.

  17. Splatacrobat says:

    Winners are grinners whilst losers hold sorry day dirges.

  18. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    People used watch Charlie Chaplin and the Three Stooges for amusement.

    When I was young we would be sent off to the local cinema on Saturday afternoon to enjoy the latest adventure films and the cartoons which preceded them. We had Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry to entertain us.

    The world has evolved and society tastes have changed. Now there is white fella black fella Pascoe on offer, for free, to roll about and laugh at – the most hilarious comedy act in town.

    Some take him ever so seriously though, the front page of the Australian today shows a possibly teen – early 20’s aboriginal mother with infant child on her hip chucking an insolent black power salute as they march for “dispossession”.

    She could not answer “Of what? By whom?” with anything more articulate than “P…s off ya white c… !”

  19. JohnJJJ says:

    It is a historical fact that when Captain Cook landed he was first greeted by a tribal elder who said
    ” Welcome Captain Cook” to which the stunned Captain said “How do you know my name”
    The naked bearded native leaning on a spear replied “It’s written on your kit bag”
    Historical fact.

  20. jupes says:

    Pascoe is a lying, pathetic grifter.

    Who can blame him? When you can lie so brazenly and be celebrated and remunerated for it, why would you stop?

  21. notafan says:

    Listorian is a better description.

  22. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    From JohnJJJ at 8:11 am:

    “…
    ” Welcome Captain Cook” to which the stunned Captain said “How do you know my name”
    The naked bearded native leaning on a spear replied “It’s written on your kit bag”
    Historical fact.”

    743,218 years ago, yes.

    Gees they’re going to get a bit of hurry up after they defeat whitey, win control of their unique birthright and then the religion of peace wallahs from Lakemba take it from them, followed soon after by Comrade Great Oarsman Xi taking it from that lot. 😉

  23. Tony Taylor says:

    the more lurid claim that Pope Alexander breezily authorised the killing of Indigenes in Inter Caetera is a complete fabrication.

    Pascoe’s right in his wheelhouse then.

  24. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    I keep visualising trying to herd a mob of roos or emus , its hilarious ! Couldnt have happened they hadnt invented a wode range of foul abusive words neede for the job .
    Im amused when muppets speak of indigenius cuisine ! Yeah right ! _tgey couldnt boil water and they had cuisine? Chuck an animal on the fire till it burned then eat it raw worms and all .
    Im jealous of this pommy pascoe tosser making all that money and being treated like he was a hero on purs bullshit . Anyone with imagination couls construct lie like that , he should applu[y for a lob with the US ratfaced paedos mob they would be all over him they admire other liars and this guy is olympic gold quality

  25. Wallace says:

    Did you hear the ABC interview last week on 774am with Pascoe. He claimed ‘over one hundred thousand years of history in Australia’.
    Did the interviewer pull him up?
    Not on your Nellie!

  26. Up The Workers! says:

    Well, as we all know, if there is one thing that the legendary Leftard mishandler-of-the-truth, Bruce Pascoe can do well, it is bloviating the bovine excrement.

    He and the equally credible Louise 7-Nilligan are both master-gillarders.

    I wonder whether, with all the squillions he made from his comical fact-phobic joke book, he will now commission his favourite traditional architects and urban planners, to build him a mansion befitting his new Leftard elite “intellectual” status?

  27. dopey says:

    There was no gold at Botany Bay so they came to Sydney Cove, or something. Pascoe reminds one of Henry Reynolds, the sneering tone, the lofty superiority.

  28. Roger says:

    Nobody seriously denies the answer to that question is yes. The No case is nothing more than romantic showboating.

    No, many do really believe it.

    That’s how stupid they are.

    The products of universal education!

  29. the sting says:

    I suppose then Captain Charles Sturt on his explorations discovered many John Deere tractors ploughing the the plains to grow wheat according to fantasist Bruce .

  30. Mother Lode says:

    Dark Discovery: European mindset of superiority continues today.

    Might just point out that what Pascoe has been doing is essentially to create a myth where the Aborigines were doing the same things as the Europeans.

    He himself implies the superiority of European thinking when he tries to graft it onto Aboriginal Australia so he can pretend there was no superiority.

  31. Roger says:

    The products of universal education!

    There was always a legitimate concern that universal, compulsory education would result in a lowering rather than a raising of standards of literacy, numeracy and analytical skills (i.e. the ability to think for one’s self).

    Throw miseducated socialist teachers and their unions into the mix and that “outcome” is guaranteed.

    Hence Dark Emu (children’s version) is now in primary schools.

  32. Mother Lode says:

    There was no gold at Botany Bay so they came to Sydney Cove

    The indigenous ATM at Botany Bay was out of order, so they had to go looking for another.

  33. C.L. says:

    Old Alex VI, eh?! Another hard shagging Borgia legend. But good on him, man does not live by bread alone….

    Yes, he was a sinner – just like Pope Peter.

  34. Roger says:

    Yes, he was a sinner – just like Pope Peter.

    We’re all sinners.

    The question is have we been restored to communion with the Triune God through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ?

  35. Leo G says:

    The unwarranted Fairfax “mindset of superiority” continues.
    Wednesday’s Sydney Morning Herald fake news pages headlines a story:
    ‘A shame on our city’: Sydney’s growing longevity gaps.

    The evidence? A comparison of the median age at death of two Sydney suburbs with very different age profiles: Bidwill (2016 pop of 4280); and retirement village rich Cherrybrook (2016 pop 18,765).

    The”yawing gap” in lifespan described between the two by Fairfax writers Matt Wade and Danielle Mahe very likely is just a statistical artifact of the marked difference in the age demographics, and not differences in socio-economic disadvantage.

    Compare Bidwill’s median age of 29 years (2016) with Cherrybrook’s 42 years; and Bidwill’s 0.4% proportion of residents aged 80+, with Cherrybrook’s 2.4%.

  36. Aethelred says:

    I suppose then Captain Charles Sturt on his explorations discovered many John Deere tractors ploughing the the plains to grow wheat according to fantasist Bruce

    Of course not, they only had grey Fergies back then

  37. ProEng says:

    Baa Humbag the Belgians have one of the worst records as colonial power anywhere. They had the Belgian Congo. This from the net “From 1885 to 1908, loot flowed endlessly from the dark interior of the jungle, up the river Congo and into colonial Belgium. Estimates of deaths in that period range from 10 million to 15 million Africans, and the debate whether it constituted a genocide continues.Oct 17, 2017

    Belgium’s genocidal colonial legacy haunts the country’s future
    http://www.independent.co.uk › Long Reads”
    If they colonised Australia there would be no Aborgines left.

  38. Baa Humbug says:

    ProEng
    #3739003, posted on January 27, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Baa Humbag the Belgians have one of the worst records as colonial power anywhere

    Maybe I should have included the /s tag to make the bleeding obvious, obvious.

    And it’s Humbug. Humbags are a different mob.

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